We are sure you’ve read articles, seen news programming, and heard about how the COVID-19 virus is taking us all for a detour. Our hearts go out to those directly and indirectly affected by the virus. We would also like to commend and thank those who are serving on the frontlines in hospitals, law enforcement, and other facilities to keep our community safe. This is a trying time that not one of us could have predicted, however, we rest in the fact that we serve a sovereign, all-knowing God who turns crises into triumphs. In this blog post, we are here to encourage you and give you hope as we move forward in these unknown times.
What Can You Learn from This?
It’s no surprise to you that you are not in control and will never be. Because of this reality, how can we be sure that we are moving forward and making the most of this time? The first question we must ask ourselves is: What Can We Learn from This? This question is open-ended, however, it gives this time and season in our lives purpose when we know something is being accomplished amidst this scary time. When we learn, we grow. When we grow, we reflect our Maker more clearly. We encourage you in this time of questioning and frustration to push yourself to choose how you can learn and grow. We oftentimes are so busy in this life that we do not have time to step back and reflect. God uses difficult seasons to prune us of things in our lives that should not be there. In turn, this provides us with the opportunity to flourish in the long-run.
What Can I Do?
The second question we must be asking ourselves is what can we do during this global crisis? The answer to this is going to look different based on your current circumstance. First off, what can you do to help those around you? Yes, we must be compliant with social distancing, but how can you show you care to someone less fortunate? How can you encourage a family member who may be anxious, scared, or frightened? We encourage you to have your eyes open and search for those who may need help, even from your own home. This may be as simple as writing encouragement cards to those you love or sending a memo to your neighbors to see if they have the groceries they need.
What Can I Do About Today?
Matthew 6 teaches us to not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. It reminds us that the birds of the sky and lilies of the field are in God’s care and so are we. This promise is important to remember that ultimately we do not have control of our lives, but God does. And that is a GOOD thing! We need not worry about our circumstances, instead, we can rest in the fact that God says to focus on today and He will take care of the rest.
God is Faithful and You Can Trust Him.
In this time of unknown, remember that God has never failed on His promises. He will never leave us or forsake us. Though the earth gives way, our God stays the same. We pray that you may rest in that peace and encouragement this week.